Hometown and Current residence: Abilene, Tx. and Springdale, AR
Family and Occupation: Married with 3 boys (22, 20, 15). Commissioning Authority (Professional Engineering Services)
Swimming background: High School – Abilene Cooper High; College – Texas Tech (swimming program dropped after my freshman year), and TCU. Marine Combat Instructor of Water Survival, USMC (1990-1995); Age Group, Masters and High School coach (1995-2003) Abilene and Dallas TX. Coached and developed several National/Olympic qualifiers and was selected as the Texas High School Swimming Coach of the Year 2003.
Favorite event/race:Free/Fly sprints (shorter the better!)
Swimming hero: I have many but was humbled on many occasions by Matt Biondi. We competed together at meets in 1987. I went undefeated in the 50 free in 1987 until facing Matt: We were in different prelim heats but ended up in the finals next to each other (he was seeded first and I was third). I was always very proud of my height (6’4″) and fast start. Matt did this thing called a “track start” that I had never seen before and was a GIANT at 6’7″. The starter announced, “Swimmers, take your mark.” Then, BANG (still had gun starts then). I had a great start… fast reaction, strong. As I was preparing my streamline in the air, anticipating a perfect entry, I took note of Matt’s feet…He was a body length ahead of me in the air! I recorded my personal best time in that race while watching Matt’s flutter kick technique. He was an amazing presence around and in the pool.
Swimming goals: Get back into decent swimming shape and resume competing in Masters.
Advice to new masters swimmers: Listen to your coaches and mentors. Strike up conversations with fellow Masters; there is amazing experience and knowledge out there.
Hobbies: Woodworking, Restoring antique vehicles, and making hot sauce, and annoying my kids with “bad dad jokes.”
Favorite drills: I have always been a stroke technician both as a competitor and as a coach, so I appreciate drills focusing on technique.
Do you participate in other sports? Spent my youth in Canada playing hockey and speedskating. When we emigrated to West Texas and couldn’t find ice, I had to find a new sport. I figured a pool was just a warm version of ice.
Where do you currently swim? Fayetteville Athletic Club and The Jones Center.